Then it was off to check out two houses in the outlying areas, houses of interest to us music types – one where Weber lived (he used to walk two and a half hours into the city for his work at the opera house), the other where Wagner composed Lohengrin. Later, back in town, it was off to another festival event, a rare performance of Antonio Lotti’s Teofane, an opera that had its premiere in Dresden in 1719. This was only a concert version, delivered in an enclosed courtyard of the Residenzschloss. A staging would no doubt have helped distract attention from the fact that Lotti wasn’t a terribly inventive composer. He relied on so many familiar formulas, both melodic and harmonic, that the ear eventually grew a bit weary. But a very snappy, virtuosic orchestra – the Dresdner Kapellsolisten – and a mostly successful cast gave it a good shot, led by Helmut Branny.